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* RuleOfThree: On three separate occasions, the line "and during that time, nothing of not had happened" comes up regarding Kaguya and Shirogane's relationship (chapter 1 for the 6 month TimeSkip after the prologue, chapter 41 for the first half of summer break, and chapter 152 regarding winter break). [[spoiler:The third time around is actually a BlatantLie, as [[RelationshipUpgrade quite a bit]] actually did happen.]]

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* RuleOfThree: On three separate occasions, the line "and during that time, nothing of not note had happened" comes up regarding Kaguya and Shirogane's relationship (chapter 1 for the 6 month TimeSkip after the prologue, chapter 41 for the first half of summer break, and chapter 152 regarding winter break). [[spoiler:The third time around is actually a BlatantLie, as [[RelationshipUpgrade quite a bit]] actually did happen.]]


* RuleOfThree: On three separate occasions, the line "and during that time, nothing of not had happened" comes up regarding Kaguya and Shirogane's relationship (chapter 1 for the 6 month TimeSkip after the prologue, chapter 41 for the first half of summer break, and chapter 152 regarding summer break). [[spoiler:The third time around is actually a BlatantLie, as [[RelationshipUpgrade quite a bit]] actually did happen.]]

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* RuleOfThree: On three separate occasions, the line "and during that time, nothing of not had happened" comes up regarding Kaguya and Shirogane's relationship (chapter 1 for the 6 month TimeSkip after the prologue, chapter 41 for the first half of summer break, and chapter 152 regarding summer winter break). [[spoiler:The third time around is actually a BlatantLie, as [[RelationshipUpgrade quite a bit]] actually did happen.]]


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* RunningGag:RuleOfThree: On three separate occasions, the line "and during that time, nothing of not had happened" comes up regarding Kaguya and Shirogane's relationship (chapter 1 for the 6 month TimeSkip after the prologue, chapter 41 for the first half of summer break, and chapter 152 regarding summer break). [[spoiler:The third time around is actually a BlatantLie, as [[RelationshipUpgrade quite a bit]] actually did happen.]]
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* ShoutOut:
** In Chapter 15, the cockroach that shows up makes a "JOHJ" sound in reference to the language of the Hyper-Evolved cockroaches from Manga/TerraforMARS.
*** The same chapter features Shirogane using what he calls the "[[Manga/AssassinationClassroom Karma Akabane]] technique" of biting his tongue til it bleeds. In this case, it's used so he doesn't pass out when he sees an cockroach, rather than the pain not allowing him to be stunned like how Karma used it.
** Kaguya is holding [[Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan Umaru's hamster hood]] at the beginning of chapter 17.
** Fujiwara was playing ''TabletopGame/SettlersOfCatan'' in the beginning of chapter 29.
** Fujiwara is playing ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' in chapter 30. The narration later in the chapter also references the lyrics of Mezase Pokémon Master.
-->'''Hayasaka:''' STOP PLAYING POKEMON GO!
** In chapter 58, Kaguya mentions that Hayasaka watches [[WebVideo/HydraulicPressChannel videos of things being crushed in a hydraulic press]].
** Kaguya's gift to Shirogane references the story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sang_Weihan Sang Weihan]].
** The saying that "the one who falls in love loses" seems to be a reference to the heroine of ''Manga/SpecialA'', who said the same thing.
** Miko's CatchPhrase during the Election Arc was "[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Make Shuchi'in Great Again]]".
** Shirogane and Ishigami are playing ''[[VideoGame/MarioKart8 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe]]'' in chapter 72, with Shirogane playing as Link.
** Fujiwara's "Love Detective" hat is the same one that Sera wore in ''ib: Instant Bullet''.
** The introduction of Kaguya's doctor plays similar to ''Manga/TeamMedicalDragon'''s "Daimyo Procession".
** At the end of chapter 86, Mr. Shinomiya is referred to as "[[Manga/TeasingMasterTakagiSan Karakai Jouzu no Otou-san]]".
** The manga has a cameo of Nusret "Salt Bae" Gökçe during Chapter 96.
** In Chapter 102, we see a LINE sticker of a bunny with a very ''Manga/PopTeamEpic''esque vibe.
** In chapter 109, Ishigami references the [=#MeToo=] movement.
** Fujiwara and her little sister get into a [[VideoGame/{{Splatoon}} Turf War]] with some young kids in chapter 2 of ''Doujin'', complete with being drawn in a way that clearly resembles Inklings.
** After accidentally turning down Shirogane's offer for a date, Kaguya tells Hayasaka to find a way to turn back time. Hayasaka responds with "Who do think I am, Anime/{{Doraemon}}?"
** Gigako wears a [[VideoGame/PlayerunknownsBattlegrounds Spetsnaz Helmet]] in chapter 116.
** Two of the girls in the cosplay cafe dress as [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku and IA]]. Other cosplays during the event included [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Marisa Kirasame]] and LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya.
** The PhantomThief who stole all the heart shaped balloons in chapter 128 left a calling card referring to themselves as Literature/{{Arsene|Lupin}}. [[spoiler:Of course, the name wasn't chosen because of the reference, but rather what it translated to.]]
** The anime adaptation of chapter 28 references, of all things, a Trivago ad.
** When the narrator is talking about summer vacation plans in episode 10, a shot of some boys playing ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'' with the Student Council as playable characters can be seen. An earlier scene also has a classic ''Series/Batman1966'' scene transition, but with Fujiwara's head on a sunflower instead of the bat signal.
** In chapter 149, the cast is shown playing Scotland Yard.
** Episode 2 of the anime changes Shirogane's dialogue ever so slightly from the manga to sneak in a line from ''[[LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}} Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari]]''.
** Episode 8 adds in a reference to Joe's death scene from ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'' while Kaguya is helping Ishigami study.

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** Episode 8 adds in a reference to Joe's death scene from ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'' while Kaguya is helping Ishigami study.


* MelancholyMoon: Chapter 56 has a case where the moon itself is the cause of the melancholy. While the student council is moongazing during the Full Moon festival, Kaguya mentions that she hates the moon due to it reminding her of her namesake Princess Kaguya in ''The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'' (who was forced to return to the moon and abandon the man she loved). [[spoiler:The next time the moon becomes a plot point, it's under far more romantic circumstances as a half-moon is used to represent her and Shirogane finally meeting in the middle and having a RelationshipUpgrade.]]

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* MelancholyMoon: Chapter 56 has a case where the moon itself is the cause of the melancholy. While the student council is moongazing during the Full Moon festival, Kaguya mentions that she hates the moon due to it reminding her of her namesake Princess Kaguya in ''The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'' (who was forced to return to the moon and abandon the man she loved). [[spoiler:The next time the moon becomes a plot point, point it's under far more romantic circumstances circumstances, as a half-moon is used to represent her and Shirogane finally meeting in the middle and having a RelationshipUpgrade.]]

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* MelancholyMoon: Chapter 56 has a case where the moon itself is the cause of the melancholy. While the student council is moongazing during the Full Moon festival, Kaguya mentions that she hates the moon due to it reminding her of her namesake Princess Kaguya in ''The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'' (who was forced to return to the moon and abandon the man she loved). [[spoiler:The next time the moon becomes a plot point, it's under far more romantic circumstances as a half-moon is used to represent her and Shirogane finally meeting in the middle and having a RelationshipUpgrade.]]

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** In chapter 52, Kei mentions to Kaguya that her brother mearly puts up a front of being a perfect StudentCouncilPresident at school but is troublesome at home, something that Kaguya has a hard time believing. [[spoiler:This is a major plot point in the post-FirstKiss arc.]]


** At the end of chapter 86, Mr. Shinomiya is referred to as "[[Manga/KarakaiJouzuNoTakagiSan Karakai Jouzu no Otou-san]]".

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** At the end of chapter 86, Mr. Shinomiya is referred to as "[[Manga/KarakaiJouzuNoTakagiSan "[[Manga/TeasingMasterTakagiSan Karakai Jouzu no Otou-san]]".


* LoveLetter: Kaguya gets a love letter in chapter 12. She has no intention of actually meeting the person that wrote it, but she pretended to be interested in order to force Shirogane to confess to her. The writer of the letter was never identified. Chapter three of ''We Want to Talk About Kaguya'' (which takes place concurrently with chapter 12 of the main series) rules out resident Kaguya fangirl Erika... while at the same time revealing that she has a massive box of letters addressed to Kaguya that she's never sent.

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Kaguya gets a love letter in chapter 12. She has no intention of actually meeting the person that wrote it, but she pretended to be interested in order to force Shirogane to confess to her. The writer of the letter was never identified. Chapter three of ''We Want to Talk About Kaguya'' (which takes place concurrently with chapter 12 of the main series) rules out resident Kaguya fangirl Erika... while at the same time revealing that she has a massive box of letters addressed to Kaguya that she's never sent.

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* LoveLetter: Kaguya gets a love letter in chapter 12. She has no intention of actually meeting the person that wrote it, but she pretended to be interested in order to force Shirogane to confess to her. The writer of the letter was never identified. Chapter three of ''We Want to Talk About Kaguya'' (which takes place concurrently with chapter 12 of the main series) rules out resident Kaguya fangirl Erika... while at the same time revealing that she has a massive box of letters addressed to Kaguya that she's never sent.
** The light novel's plot is set in motion when Kaguya receives another letter, presumably from the same student. [[spoiler:It's not. Hayasaka had taken care of the original writer months ago and the current one was actually written by Kaguya herself as part of another one of her schemes to get Shirogane to confess.]]

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* TheCameo: Kaguya's voice actress Aoi Koga [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-06-14/kaguya-sama-love-is-war-anime-star-aoi-koga-to-appear-in-live-action-film-version/.147863 appears in the live-action movie]] as a movie theater employee.

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** Likewise, Iino looking at the charm is accompanied by a caption saying that the seeds of the next conflict have been sewn. It seems like its talking about the charm and how it might end up causing a love triange, but it's actually taking about [[spoiler:Kaguya and Shirogane's first kiss since Kaguya going for a french kiss causes a misunderstanding that lasts for the next 13 chapters.]]

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** By the second half of the series, this trope is now thoroughly played straight, as Aka held a contest to replace the subtitle with one more fitting for the romcom.

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* WartsAndAll: The Christmas arc basically has this trope enforced on the main pair; both are afraid of exposing their weak and more unpalatable personalities to each other for fear of a BrokenPedestal, but this is still a huge barrier in their getting together. It's not until they actually partially expose themselves (Kaguya with her "Ice" personality, Shirogane with a spontaneous and lame gift) that they actually begin to talk about their insecurities and gain a deeper appreciation for each other.

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